Hailing from and residing in New York City, Cameron MacIntosh is a multi-genre drummer and educator. By continuing to investigate and embrace the instrument’s vast history while keeping an eye on the future, MacIntosh seeks to enliven and enrich any musical situation he encounters with a blend that is informed, thoughtful, and creative.
Cameron began playing drums at age 9, studying with a variety of local instructors and eventually becoming a student of the great Joe Morello. While in high school, MacIntosh held the drum chair in multiple national jazz ensembles, including the Grammy Band, Vail Jazz Workshop, and The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, with which he toured in the US, Canada, and Japan. Through these ensembles, he had the privilege of performing with greats such as Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Christian McBride, and Al Jarreau.
Cameron earned his Bachelors of Music Degree (2018) and Masters of Music Degree (2020) from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Kenny Washington and Billy Drummond. He quickly began forging his place among the New York scene, performing with luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, and playing at notable venues including The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, Smalls, Mezzrow, Smoke, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and a residency at The 55 Bar with guitarist Doug Wamble. MacIntosh has also appeared at various festivals including the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the Vancouver and Victoria Jazz Festivals in Canada on tour with vocalist Morgan James, the Vail Jazz Festival in Colorado, the Future of Jazz Festival at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, and the Cancun Jazz Festival in Mexico.
MacIntosh is equally at home in both the jazz and rock/singer-songwriter scenes, and is a regular sideman in both worlds. His playing can be heard on records such “Live from Exuberance” with jazz pianist Isaiah J. Thompson, and with Newport RI-based folk band Laden Valley’s release “Landline,” a group he has been a member of since 2021, performing at venues such as The Greenwich Odeum and Jane Pickens Theater. He has also been a member of NY-based indie artist Miette Hope’s band since 2018.
In addition, Cameron enjoys collaborative interdisciplinary work, and has been heavily involved in exploring the intrinsic connection between music and dance. In 2018 & 2019, he was selected to assemble and play in the house band for the Vail Dance Festival, and wrote an original composition for a world premiere choreographed by former New York City Ballet Principal Lauren Lovette. Since 2021, he has served as Musical Director for Revolve Dance Project.
He most recently curated and presented “The Drummers in the Foreground” at Dizzy’s Club in Jazz at Lincoln Center in January of 2024, a chronological homage to and re-envisioning of the brilliant works of drummers as bandleaders that have shaped the instrument since its beginnings up through present-day. He is a passionate teacher, most recently joining the faculty as Professor of Jazz Drum Set at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, in addition to his own studio of private students.